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Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012
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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/01/2012 16:15:16 MDT Print View

Adan Lopez and I bagged a quick one for some cold-weather gear testing, high winds, frozen fingers, and discovering the Jarlsberg cheese is killer in the mountains.

Report and pics here:
http://sweepingthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/ridge-camp-west-of-mt-baldy-331-412012/

Cheers.

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/01/2012 18:07:50 MDT Print View

Awesome report. Enjoyed the read and pics. I've definitely done a couple "head out because there's a storm coming" and there're always some moments where you second guess it but it's always worth it (a gorgeous morning helps).

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/01/2012 18:49:28 MDT Print View

Craig,

I enjoy your blog very much.

I like how you and Adan pushed it that night, and I'm glad the gear did its job! Sounds like tasty food, great comraderie, and a beautiful morning.

Thank you for sharing!

Todd

Nick Brown
(ojsglove)

Locale: Highland Park
Baldy post trip on 04/01/2012 22:59:25 MDT Print View

Nice, Craig. Thanks for sharing. It's great up there.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/02/2012 07:51:12 MDT Print View

I love my MLD SoloMid for solo winter adventures, it's nice to see others using this great shelter. Thanks for the TR.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Yarlsburg! on 04/02/2012 10:43:24 MDT Print View

On the slope below camp:
Above the Bowl

Camp is up there somewhere:
Ridge camp

Bejeweled:
Bejeweled

This fool didnt bring waterproofs:
Self

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/02/2012 13:17:40 MDT Print View

Ah, another excellent adventure.

Nick Brown
(ojsglove)

Locale: Highland Park
Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy on 04/02/2012 18:21:45 MDT Print View

Craig,

I had a couple questions about conditions. Snow looks light up there right now. How deep was it? Did you use crampons at all? What technique did you use for staking out your Mid?

Thanks in advance. Hope we can hook up soon.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy on 04/02/2012 18:33:47 MDT Print View

We got maybe an inch on us in the night. North slopes have maybe 2-3 feet of base, everything else less depending on exposure.
Getting wet and slushy by 11AM, temps are rising fast. Pretty good for climbing in the early morning though.

I brought crampons but left them in the car, did everything in microspikes. Crampons would've been nicer on the steeper stuff, but given the mixed conditions, I didn't want to worry about taking them on and off constantly.

For staking the mid I used 6 SMC snow stakes.

There still should be some good climbing and snow play up there if you can get out over the next week.

We'll definitely get out. Keep in touch.

Nick Brown
(ojsglove)

Locale: Highland Park
Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy on 04/02/2012 18:36:56 MDT Print View

Great, thanks, Craig. look forward to it.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Ridge Camp, West of Mt. Baldy, 3/31 thru 4/1/2012 on 04/05/2012 15:27:06 MDT Print View

Wow...significant difference in condensation (albiet it, frozen condensation) between the Solomid and Moment!